Over the past year, political transformations have created a more accessible and tourist-friendly Burma. And the country’s stunning landscapes and well-preserved traditions have been shielded from the deluge of backpackers plaguing the rest of Southeast Asia. With increasing economic reforms and the disintegration of the iron-fisted military state, now is the time to go. The British colonial buildings of Rangoon may be a bit run down, but the city’s gorgeous 2,500-year-old pagoda, Shwedagon Paya, gleams like new. Travel to the country’s center and visit Bagan, where you can take a horse-and-buggy ride through more than 4,000 ancient pagodas and temples, a scene to rival Angkor Wat in nearby Cambodia. In the chilly mountains, the serene water of Inle Lake is disturbed only by rowers precariously manning their boats, using one leg for balance and the other to row. Ignore the tourist inconveniences—bumpy bus rides, no ATMs, Internet scarcity—and enjoy traveling as you might have in the 1970s.